From the M*A*S*H Library 18: “The Real M*A*S*H” (Documentary)

What is it? Lee, Min Sook, dir. The Real M*A*S*H. Toronto, Ontario: Storyline Entertainment, 2012. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? This documentary places the series in the context of the Korean War and real MASH units in Korea. The interviews with veterans and their MASH stories make this documentary worthwhile. As a M*A*S*H fan, what part(s) should I watch?Continue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 18: “The Real M*A*S*H” (Documentary)”

M*A*S*H-ish 2: Korean War: The Untold Story

In April, the M*A*S*H Matters podcast (Episode 80) interviewed the filmmakers behind the 1988 documentary Korean War: The Untold Story. Producer Arnold Shapiro worked with writer and director Carol L. Fleisher to tell the story of the Korean War and its aftermath through the eyes of soldiers who were there. The documentary was hosted byContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 2: Korean War: The Untold Story”

MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection

On Friday, March 4, I visited the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Truman was president during the majority of the Korean War, and his presidential library holds all of the documents from his presidency, including the war. I visited to see how the Korean War is covered in the museumContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection”

MishM*A*S*H 3: M*A*S*H Producers Go to Korea

The following article appeared in TV Guide August 24, 1974. It is one of the earliest articles to describe Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds’s trip to Korea to research for the show and interview doctors and nurses that served in MASH units. This trip is famous within the M*A*S*H community as it contributed to whatContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 3: M*A*S*H Producers Go to Korea”

From the M*A*S*H Library 2: Back Down the Ridge

What is it? White, W. L. Back Down the Ridge. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? It has been said that Back Down the Ridge was required reading for the writers of M*A*S*H as it provided first hand accounts of MASH units. The book also provides a technical analysisContinue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 2: Back Down the Ridge”

From the M*A*S*H Library 1: M*A*S*H

What is it? Hooker, Richard. MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1968. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? Richard Hooker’s M*A*S*H is the book that started it all. In the book we are introduced to Hawkeye, Trapper John, Hot Lips, Radar, and the whole gang at the 4077th. MoreContinue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 1: M*A*S*H”